Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial (PRHGE) in Spain is reinforcing its presence in Catalan through the acquisition of the independent publisher La Campana.
PRHGE has said the sale “strengthens its position in the Catalan language market” but that the editorial group “will maintain the identity and vocation of La Campana”.
Formed in 1985 in Barcelona, by writer Josep Maria Espinàs and Isabel Martí, La Campana has published four of the 10 best-selling books in the last decade in Catalan.
The announcement of the purchase was made by Núria Cabutí, c.e.o. of PRHGE, and Isabel Martí, director of La Campana Libres. The terms of the sale have not been disclosed.
PRHGE said that as part of maintaining La Campana’s identity, it will continue publishing Catalan authors and translations of fiction and nonfiction works, in hardcover or paperback, and will add pocket and digital formats, both e-books and audiobooks.
Martí, who still continues as director of La Campana, said: “Who could think, dear Espinás, when we started in 1986 and we were few in the publishing world in Catalan, that a large group with offices in America and Germany would also like to have a seal in Catalan? Luck has always accompanied us, now too. And I know that we have taken a step forward. If the world changes, we must too. Precisely to bet on the future. To be able to get into the car of the new markets that open thanks to new technologies and access, for example, audiobooks. The team that has worked for so many years at La Campana will continue with the same character and with the illusion of feeling driven by great professionals and a world-leading company.”
Cabutí said: “We are very excited about the incorporation of La Campana to Penguin Random House Editorial Group. La Campana is a reference publisher in Catalan and with many successes in its catalogues. We will support this label so that it reaches the largest number of readers in the largest number of formats and, together with Rosa dels Vents, increases our presence in the market in Catalan.”